I was a teacher and had just started the school year before having my daughter. I told my husband before, that if he did get this job I wanted to stay in Tampa to finish the school year. I had a responsibility to my school and I loved my job. The one downside of that was that my husband had to be up in NYC in one month. Sticking to that decision, I stayed in Tampa with my newborn daughter to finish out my teaching position, while my husband went up to NYC.
When I originally decided to stay in Tampa, I didn’t know the difficulties of parenthood. I had no clue that the first couple months are TOUGH! Why doesn’t anyone tell you the truth about the first couple months BEFORE having a baby? Not that it would have changed my decision on having one. I just think I would have gone into this a little more level headed then with rose colored glasses on. Having a baby is even tougher when you don’t have your spouse there to help you in the middle of the night to feed her or change a diaper. There is no one there to rock her back and forth during the witching hour.
In those nine months that my daughter and I lived in Tampa without my husband (he would come home on weekends when he could), I gained an enormous amount of respect for single moms and working moms. I would come home from work and immediately start to get things ready for the next day. I had to wash bottles, feed her, get her bathed, play with her, get her to bed, and at some point find some time for me to eat and take a shower.
Looking back on that time, even now that I am with my husband in NYC, I wouldn’t have changed my decision for anything. My daughter and I have an amazing relationship and I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I am capable of doing a lot more than I ever thought that I could do. I became much more independent and self sufficient. There were many tears along the way, but they were all worth it. I feel like I can do anything now! Even conquer this new city we are now living in.
Now that one adventure has ended, a new one had begun. I am now a stay at home mom trying to make it in this huge city with my daughter!
You can read about our adventures in this new city at http://www.amommyinthecity.com/
Jane Kitchen — Kids Today, 10/12/2010 10:21:17 AM
Stork Craft is launching a Create Your Own program for its glider rockers, offering 63 different combinations in its Hoop Glider & Ottoman collection, and six wood finishes and four fabric combinations for its Tuscany Glider & Ottoman collection.
With no increase in price point for the customization, the Hoop Glider & Ottoman combo will retail for around $199; the Tuscany combo for $250.
Stork Craft also announced the opening of new regional distribution centers in Dallas, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Northern New Jersey, which will warehouse all the Stork Craft brands, beginning with Ragazzi, Status, and Canwood. Shipments will commence this month, and there are plans to include distribution centers in the Midwest and Northeast.
“Our goal is to construct distribution points which will provide our dealer network with outstanding timely customer service and quality products that they can be proud to sell and represent,” said Jim Moore, president and CEO.
“The benefit of having regional distribution centers throughout the United States not only provides Ragazzi dealers more competitive freight rates, but also allows for faster product availability to our dealer network and to their customers,” said Dan Ward, vice president of sales and marketing.
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September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This September, JPMA is helping educate parents and caregivers on the importance of creating a safe sleep environment from naptime to nighttime.
Each year hundreds of deaths occur when children are placed in a sleep environment that is not specifically designed for children. The safest place for a baby or child is in a fully functional, properly assembled, JPMA Certified crib, cradle, bassinet, portable play yard, or toddler bed.
Help us spread the word about Baby Safety Month. Parents are encouraged to read through the safety tips at http://www.babysafetymonth.org/ and gain powerful insight into safe sleep practices. We invite you to celebrate Baby Safety Month 2010 and Make Every Night a Safe Night.
In an effort to further educate parents on creating a safe sleep environment, JPMA has developed a comprehensive safe sleep campaign. Together, with related industry partners, JPMA is committed to educating parents and caregivers nationwide on the best safe sleep practices to make every night with baby a good, safe night. For more information on this initiative, visit http://www.cribsafety.org/.
Baby Safety Month exists to increase consumer awareness of safety issues surrounding the safe use and selection of juvenile products. Baby Safety Month started in 1983 when JPMA initiated “Expectant Mother’s Day.” In 1986, it was extended to a week long celebration, until 1991, when JPMA sponsored the first “Baby Safety Awareness Month.”
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
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